Stanley Planes Type 16

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Planes made by Stanley 1933-1941.

Distinguishing Features (changes from previous type in bold)

  • “STANLEY”, inside the notched rectangle, with “MADE IN U.S.A.” is now the new logo stamped on the cutter. This is identical to the previous logo, except the heart and “S.W.” have been removed.
  • A kidney-shaped hole in the lever cap replaced the old symmetrical keyhole-shaped hole. This was touted as making the cutter less likely to loosen when the depth was adjusted; the lever cap wouldn’t be apt to move (along its length) as much. “STANLEY”, in a notched rectangle, on the lever cap.
  • The toe now has a raised, broad, flat rib cast into it. A similar rib is found at the heel.
  • The frog now has an ogee-shape (s-shape) to the back, on either side of the lateral adjustment lever.
  • “MADE IN U.S.A.” is cast behind the frog.
  • No patent dates behind the frog.
  • “BAILEY” is cast behind the knob toward the rib, and the number is now cast in front of the knob at the leading edge of the bottom casting. This is opposite to all prior types.
  • A raised ring is cast into the bed to act as a receiver for the knob.
  • The knob is much taller than the previous style. This is referred to as a “high knob” in toolie dialect.
  • The back of the lever cap is recessed.
  • Flat head screws now hold the frog in place.
  • The brass adjusting nut has a left-hand thread and is now larger and measures 1.25″ in diameter.
  • No patent date is found on the lateral lever.
  • The rib (the one the frog rides over) is enlarged and arched.
  • The brass nuts used to secure the knob and tote to the rods have a waist to them whereas the earlier ones are cylindrical over their length.
  • The rib (the one the frog rides over) is enlarged and arched.
  • A frog adjustment screw is present.


All commentary comes from the original Stanley Bench Plane Type Study

Related Photographs

Ogee-Shaped Frog Back
Kidney-Shaped Hole in Lever Cap